First broadcast ... 1984 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Friday 05 March 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 31 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:05

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Bobbitt
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicholson
Myra ~ Anne Phelan
Reb ~ Janet Andrewartha
Dennis ~ Nigel Bradshaw
Diedre ~ Anne Charleston
Angela ~ Kylie Foster
Bobbie ~ Maxine Klibingaitis
Marlene ~ Genevieve Lemon
Dot ~ Alethea McGrath
Heather ~ Victoria Nicolls
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Phillip ~ Steve Kuhn
Barbara ~ Myra de Groot
Major ~ Carl Bleazby
Shane ~ Robert Summers
Gordon ~ Jim Ewing
Geoffrey Johnson ~ John Murphy
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Frances ~ Wanda Davidson
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Lorna ~ Barbara Jungwirth
Vera Rogers ~ May Howlett
Det. Insp. Rouse ~ Paul Karo
Doris Cruickshank ~ Nicki Paull
Peter Wright ~ Alan Pentland
Mr Montgomery ~ Chris Waters
Mrs Taylor ~ Hazel Campbell
Debbie Peters ~ Anna Crawford
Social Worker ~ Andrea Swifte
News Interviewer ~ Lindsay Edwards
Backpack Cameraman ~ Julian Noel
Policeman No. 1 ~ Bill Binks
Policeman No. 2 ~ Ian Sprake
The anonymous caller ~ who sounds like the actor who later plays Brian Lowe, though he is supposed not to be the same.

  • Written by Jan Smith & John Powers
  • Directed by Steve Mann
  • Another cheeky Kean/Dean shot

    Heather tells Ann about Marie's threats and admits the truth of the allegations about drugs, but denies any involvement in the escape. Ann wants to know why Marie has waited until now to make her accusation and wonders if there is anyone who could be using Marie to get back at Heather. Heather says she should be able to make a shrewd guess who that might be. Joan tells Shane she will visit him in the home and his father confronts Joan for making him lose his son. Dennis says goodbye to the women in the rec room while the dance marathon is still going on: Bobbie asks him to try to visit Cass. In another tear-jerking farewell scene, Shane gives Nicky to the Major to look after, at Joan's suggestion, until he gets a foster family who will let him have a dog. Joan decides she will stay at Wentworth rather than go with her father to live in Forbes. Judy has a dizzy spell that causes Bobbie to worry about her health. Mrs Rodgers assumes that Heather's mood is to do with Dennis, but Heather tells her it's because she's worried about losing her job. Alice sprains her ankle, and Dot takes her place on the dance team, though she changes partners so she doesn't have to dance with Marlene. Dennis tells Heather to let him know when she's made up her mind whether she's more concerned with her job or their relationship. Heather accuses Joan of setting her up through her friend Cynthia at Blackmoor, but Joan just sneers that she only has herself to blame if she's in trouble. During a break in the marathon, Angel tries to charm Phil with some outrageously untrue and flattering remarks. Meg tells Ann about Joan's friend Cynthia Drewin, now at Blackmoor. Ann can't start her car and the policeman watching her finds it has been tampered with - the brake line has been cut. Reb refuses to help Heather get rid of Joan by telling her the truth about who attacked her, and tells her she'll do it her own way. Angel overhears Phil and Meg discussing a date. Diedre stands up for Reb when Joan issues a veiled threat to her and is told not to bother by both Reb and Joan. Barbara Krantz persuades Ann not to stop the marathon for the sake of Dot and Judy, and her speech telling them the Governor thinks they should stop makes them defiant enough to be determined to carry on. Doris shows Dennis a letter saying that his mother is ill and says they should do the decent thing and go back together to visit her. Reb sees Lou and Frances tormenting Diedre in the shower block but tells them to carry on, as she doesn't care. Ann tells Meg the police are questioning a suspect picked up breaking into her flat. [Meg comments it would be "too much of a coincidence" for him not to be connected to the threatening letters. Apparently not...] After Lou has insisted she has an extra large helping at dinner, Reb salts Diedre's food then pushes her face in it. Dennis tells Heather he has to go back to England to see his sick mother. The sponsor arrives with a cheque that the gate guard wants to open until the PR lady vouches for everyone. Dot collapses with only ninety minutes to go. Angel calls in Peter Wright and tells him to rape Meg to "turn her off men for a while", or she will tell the police about his other rapes. Heather vows to take Joan with her if she has to leave. The women break the record and have another half hour to go to win the sponsor's money when an anonymous caller phones the prison and tells Ann he has planted a bomb because of the "degradation" forced on the women by taking part in the dance marathon.


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